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Inspection: 308776848 - Berryhill Tower Services, Llc Dba Hang Em High

Inspection Information - Office: Jackson

Nr: 308776848Report ID: 0419400Open Date: 07/25/2007

Berryhill Tower Services, Llc Dba Hang Em High
Highway 28 & Highway 43
Pinola, MS 39149
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
NAICS: 237130/Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: P. O. Box 4, 215 Post Oak, Comfort, TX 78013

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/01/2007
Emphasis: L:Fall, S:Commercial Constr, S:Fall From Height, S:Hispanic, S:Struck-ByClose Case:06/14/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 1 4
Current Violations 2 1 1 4
Initial Penalty $6,400 $49,000 $0 $1,500 $0 $56,900
Current Penalty $6,400 $49,000 $0 $1,500 $0 $56,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B02 12/20/2007 12/26/2007 $4,900 $4,900 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19260503 A01 12/20/2007 12/26/2007 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -
  3. 02001 Willful 5A0001 12/20/2007 12/26/2007 $49,000 $49,000 $0 -
  4. 03001 Other 19040039 A 12/20/2007 12/26/2007 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201363017Event: 07/05/2007Employee Dies After Being Struck By Falling Boom On Tower
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on July 5, 2007, Employee #1 was on crew of five, including the supervisor, that was installing three boom-gates on a 300 ft tall telecommunication tower under construction. Using a cathead to hoist the booms, they successfully installed the first boom. Employee #1 rigged the hoist line by connecting a snatch block to the top flange of the southwest tower leg, connecting a carabiner through a bolt hole on the flange and finally connecting the load hook of the snatch block to the carabiner. The crew then moved on to the second boom. It had been lifted to the highest point allowed by the rigging configuration and Employee #1 radioed to the hoist operator to stop. To get the boom to the required installation location, Employee #1 had to use a come-along to lift it another 5 to 6 ft. Before he could connect the boom to the come-a-long, the carabiner broke and the boom struck Employee #1 on the head, neck, and shoulder, nearly severing his right arm. He did not lose consciousness, and two coworkers on the tower tied Employee #1's arm in place and helped him climb down nearly 300 ft. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and then transferred to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS. He died two days later of head injuries sustained in the accident.
Keywords: head, communication tower, telecom work, boom, construction, equipment failure, steel erection, neck, struck by, falling object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 308776848 Fatality Strain/Sprain Occupation not reported

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